Information practices in the physical sciences

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Wednesday, 25 January 2012 17:30 - 20:30

Location: Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London, W1B 1NT

The Research Information Network, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Astronomical Society are hosting a free launch of their report Information Practices in the Physical Sciences.

The report uses seven case studies to understand how researchers in the physical sciences find, access, use and share information. Centred around users of a resource, members of a department or participants within a research field, each case presents several viewpoints on the changing nature of research.
The study suggests that new technologies are widening access to information and making computation faster. But their effects upon researcher practice are more subtle, and there are interesting tensions between new behaviours and existing infrastructure. As technology enables bigger and broader collaborations, even including the general public, how can traditional publishing systems acknowledge the specific contribution of each collaborator? In the disciplines where pre-print archives have trumped Google Scholar as a first point of call for information, is what is the future role of the library?
The Oxford Internet Institute, co-authors of the report, will address these and other questions at the event, followed by short discussions from three panellists. We will then open the floor for a Q&A session, and conclude with drinks and more informal discussion.

You can register your place at the event online:

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